Archive for the Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre Category

More Than Creativity and Talent

Posted in A Note to Directors, Creativity, Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff, Thoughts on Leadership on August 28, 2017 by RobALott

Don't ever forget that our craft of theatre and performance involves more than creativity and talent.

It also means being reliable.

Producers and directors will quickly and properly drop an artist—any artist—for failure to remember this truth.

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You Are the Greatest Subject

Posted in A Note to Directors, Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff, Quotes, Thoughts on Leadership on August 7, 2017 by RobALott

"We have measured the earth, the stars, and the depths of the seas; we have discovered riverbeds and mountains on the moon. We have built clever machines, and every day we discover something new.… But something, some most important thing, is missing, and we do not know exactly what. We feel bad because we know lots of unnecessary things but do not know the most important—ourselves." -Leo Tolstoy

Learn as much as you can about yourself and don't stop.

Take personality tests, read books on subjects you are most interested in, find ways to get feedback on what you're great at and where your strengths lie.

It's not selfish or egotistical, but it's rather the single greatest contribution you can make to your work, your team, your family, your spouse, the people you lead, your boss, and your friends.

After All…

Posted in Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff, Thoughts on Leadership on July 24, 2017 by RobALott

Be careful criticizing your director; questioning their motives and decisions.

After all, they did cast you.

Every Moment Matters?

Posted in A Note to Directors, Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff on June 19, 2017 by RobALott

Sure, every moment in the show matters, but not every moment in the show matters equally. 

Start with why the show matters. This will clarify which moments need to matter most.

Keeping Count

Posted in Creativity, Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin' on June 12, 2017 by RobALott

Do you count down or do you count up?

Do you keep track of how many shows you’ve done or do you keep track of how many you have left?

Instead of counting down, how about you just stop, quit now, and go find a gig that excites and inspires you to count up?

Extraordinary 

Posted in A Note to Directors, Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin' on June 5, 2017 by RobALott

It’s been said that every story is either about an extraordinary person in an ordinary circumstance, or an ordinary person in an extraordinary circumstance. 

However, when it comes to theatre and live performance, our audience isn’t interested in making any such distinction. 

They made the time, they bought their ticket, and they made the trip, to see something extraordinary. 

Let’s not let them down.

Like Bread

Posted in A Note to Directors, Creativity, Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Quotes on May 3, 2017 by RobALott

 “Theatre, like bread, must be made fresh every day.” -Alan Bruun